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April 19, 2006

National Disgrace: Future former Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden was arrested for DUI while in Miami for the Nats-Marlins series, allegedly failing a field sobriety test and refusing a breathalyzer. His girlfriend, an aspiring actress, is accused of hitting both Bowden and a police officer.

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:23 PM - 21 comments

This just goes to show you that you don't have to be an athlete to feel invicible. When he left the bar I'm sure he had no worries about getting caught.Hell I bet even when the cop pulled him over he thought when he got recognized he would be let off the hook. I give applause to the cop who pulled him over and didn't give him special treatment. It's about time someone had the balls to do it.

posted by bigpoppav at 01:53 PM on April 19

Somewhere, in the outfield, a certain second basemen is laughing his ass off. How much is the team fine for missing the sign?

posted by tselson at 01:53 PM on April 19

I give applause to the cop who pulled him over and didn't give him special treatment. Maybe the cop was a Nationals fan. How much is the team fine for missing the sign? You beat me to that joke by five minutes...

posted by BullpenPro at 01:59 PM on April 19

Bowden wouldn't really expect special attention in South Florida. Everyone knows that no one cares about baseball down there (at least according to Loria). Let me be the first one to call for his firing. I swear it has absolutely nothing to do with the Nationals 5-9 record.

posted by bperk at 02:10 PM on April 19

If its his first one he'll only lose his license for three months then he'll get a hardship license he'll just have to pay a hefty fine and get a good lawyer I hope it taught him a big lesson

posted by luther70 at 02:44 PM on April 19

What a maroon(stole that one from Bugs Bunny) I only hope that it spills over to the current Phillies-Nationals series....looking at last night however....

posted by GoBirds at 02:46 PM on April 19

wow, either your a lawyer or you've had alot of experience with the subject. either way I won't be calling you for a ride any time soon.

posted by bigpoppav at 02:47 PM on April 19

If you were the future former GM of the Nationals, wouldn't you be drinking too?

posted by dbt302 at 02:55 PM on April 19

If its his first one he'll only lose his license for three months then he'll get a hardship license he'll just have to pay a hefty fine and get a good lawyer I hope it taught him a big lesson well if rudy tomjonivich taught us anything its that if you don't take the breathalyzer, it's almost impossible to convict. He was swearving all over the place on video, but they couldn't get a conviction because he could argue any of 1000 reasons (reaching for a CD, fixing his hair in the mirror, etc.) that would get him a ticket, but wouldn't convict him of DWI. That's why in Texas at least you automatically lose your license for 6 months if you deny the breathalyzer...because without that there is no real evidence.

posted by bdaddy at 03:03 PM on April 19

From the article: Under Florida's implied consent law, refusal to submit to a breath test results in an automatic driver's license suspension of at least six months.

posted by bperk at 03:17 PM on April 19

Florida sucks...

posted by chrisly13 at 03:35 PM on April 19

In Maine, a refusal to submit to the breath test not only results in an automatic lic. suspension, but also the courts treat it as an admission of guilt. I worked in law enforcement for 7 years and saw maybe 1 person not get a conviction for OUI that did not submit to a breath test. Being an ex-officer, I would rather take my chances and submit to the test and then just fight it in court. Here in Maine you have a better shot of getting off by doing that.

posted by grabofsky74 at 03:43 PM on April 19

chrisly13: I hope you never get pulled over. With your fetish for sucking you are going to fail that breathalyzer. Florida: We don't suck. We blow. At around a .08 evidently.

posted by ?! at 03:50 PM on April 19

In Maine, a refusal to submit to the breath test not only results in an automatic lic. suspension, but also the courts treat it as an admission of guilt. Ditto in Illinois, I think. I dunno...I'm too fucked up right now and it's hard to type and drive.

posted by willthrill72 at 03:55 PM on April 19

You guys know waaaay too much about DUI legislation. Why is that?

posted by hexagram at 05:05 PM on April 19

You guys know waaaay too much about DUI legislation. Why is that? Sho what are you trying to shay? *hiccup*

posted by wingnut4life at 05:40 PM on April 19

For those more learned in DUIs than I -- how does a license suspension work if you have an out of state drivers license? If Bowden has, say, a VA drivers license, is his license suspended only in Florida or in Virginia as well? I have a hard time believing State A would allow State B to purport to govern when an instrument of State A could be valid in State A, but I suppose stranger things have happened. I'm sure from a (federal) constitutional law standpoint, Florida can't tell Virginia what it must do with respect to drivers licenses in Virginia, but some states may have inter-state agreements with other states that govern these things and offer some sort of reciprocity of punishment, so to speak. On the sporting side of this, couldn't have happened to a worse GM.

posted by holden at 06:02 PM on April 19

The Nationals play like they're drunk!!!!

posted by joromu at 08:10 PM on April 19

So, the Phillies must be on angel dust, cause they suck and blow. Did anyone see Abreu trying to deal with flyballs yesterday? Sorry, I don't have anything funny to say about assholes who drive drunk. Except... ASSHOLES, Please drive off a cliff.

posted by pauleye at 08:35 PM on April 19

Holden, most states have an interstate agreement that requires them to suspend the license of their residents if they are suspended in another state.

posted by bperk at 08:50 AM on April 20

Thanks bperk.

posted by holden at 03:34 PM on April 20

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